Wolves hold high-flying Villa at Molineux

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Pau Torres stretches for the ballPau Torres' last goal came in April when he scored for Villarreal in a 2-1 loss against Sevilla

Wolves and Aston Villa settled for a share of the points after two goals in the space of two second-half minutes at Molineux.

Hwang Hee-chan opened the scoring early in the second half when he latched on to Pedro Neto's cross, poking in at the near post with Wolves' first shot on target in the game. Celebrations were short-lived however as Aston Villa hit back inside two minutes with defender Pau Torres netting his first goal for the club.

A lack of goalmouth action was the overriding feature of a disjointed first half that featured more yellow cards than shots on target as referee Rob Jones had his hands full in trying to keep a lid on a feisty West Midlands derby.

Aston Villa's Matty Cash registered the only effort on goal when he met John McGinn's cross in the opening 10 minutes, but it was straight at goalkeeper Jose Sa.

The second-half goals helped the game come to life and Wolves had a golden chance to snatch victory in the final 10 minutes when Sasa Kalajdzic squared for Neto, however, the Portuguese lacked composure as he blazed over from eight yards out.

Wolves had to hang on during 12 minutes of stoppage, playing most of the additional minutes with only 10 men after Mario Lemina was shown a second yellow card for pulling back Nicolo Zaniolo. In the final action of the game they were almost undone, Villa striker Ollie Watkins' header only denied by the woodwork.

The draw moves Wolves up to 14th and four points clear of the relegation zone heading into the international break, while Villa stay fifth.

Wolves lacking potency in final third

Hwang is fast-becoming Wolves' key man after scoring his fifth goal of the campaign - already surpassing his tally of three in the league last season and matching his tally of five in 2021-22.

He has now scored six of his side's last 10 goals in the Premier League and is the club's first player to net in five consecutive top-flight games since John Richards did so in six successive matches in 1973.

The South Korea international was receiving treatment just moments before he put his side ahead, having been caught in the face by the swinging arm of Diego Carlos. He recovered quickly to make an intelligent run across the front of Ezri Konsa and meet a cut-back from Neto after some fine solo work on the flank from the winger.

Neto enjoyed plenty of success against Villa wing-back Lucas Digne, claiming his fifth assist of the season and moving level with Tottenham's James Maddison at the top of that list.

However, Wolves' other attackers - Matheus Cunha, Kaladjdzic and Fabio Silva - all failed to muster a shot on target.

Indeed, they had three efforts directly on goal over the course of the game and have struggled in that department all season with just newly promoted trio Burnley, Sheffield United and Luton finding the target on fewer occasions.

More to follow.

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Player of the match

Hwang Hee-chanHwang Hee-chan

with an average of 7.20

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Squad number11Player nameHwang Hee-chan

Squad number7Player namePedro Neto

Squad number15Player nameDawson

Squad number12Player nameMatheus Cunha

Squad number1Player nameJosé Sá

Squad number23Player nameKilman

Squad number3Player nameAït-Nouri

Squad number6Player nameTraoré

Squad number24Player nameToti Gomes

Squad number8Player nameJoão Gomes

Squad number18Player nameKalajdzic

Squad number2Player nameDoherty

Squad number22Player nameNélson Semedo

Squad number9Player nameFábio Silva

Squad number5Player nameLemina

Aston Villa

Squad number11Player nameWatkins

Squad number14Player nameP Torres

Squad number2Player nameCash

Squad number1Player nameE Martínez

Squad number6Player nameDouglas Luiz

Squad number4Player nameKonsa

Squad number19Player nameDiaby

Squad number12Player nameDigne

Squad number3Player nameDiego Carlos

Squad number31Player nameBailey

Squad number44Player nameKamara

Squad number22Player nameZaniolo

Squad number8Player nameTielemans

Squad number7Player nameMcGinn

Line-ups

Wolves

Formation 3-4-3

123Kilman15DawsonBooked at 28mins24Gomes22Nélson SemedoBooked at 67mins8João GomesSubstituted forTraoréat 69'minutes5LeminaBooked at 90mins3Aït-NouriSubstituted forDohertyat 45'minutes7Neto12Matheus CunhaSubstituted forKalajdzicat 76'minutes11Hwang Hee-chanSubstituted forFábio Silvaat 86'minutes

Substitutes

2Doherty4Bueno6Traoré9Fábio Silva18Kalajdzic19Otto20Doyle21Sarabia25Bentley

Aston Villa

Formation 4-4-2

1E Martínez4Konsa3Diego Carlos14P Torres12Digne2CashSubstituted forBaileyat 82'minutes44KamaraBooked at 6minsSubstituted forTielemansat 82'minutes6Douglas Luiz7McGinnBooked at 29mins19DiabySubstituted forZanioloat 62'minutes11Watkins

Substitutes

8Tielemans9Traoré16Chambers17Lenglet22Zaniolo24Durán25Olsen31Bailey32Dendoncker

Live Text

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Aston Villa 1.

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Aston Villa 1.

Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Douglas Luiz with a cross.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Sasa Kalajdzic.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Nélson Semedo.

Attempt saved. Ezri Konsa (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lucas Digne.

Attempt missed. Nicolò Zaniolo (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Matt Doherty.

Attempt blocked. Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by John McGinn.

Ezri Konsa (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Fábio Silva (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ezri Konsa following a set piece situation.

Second yellow card to Mario Lemina (Wolverhampton Wanderers) for a bad foul.

Foul by Mario Lemina (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Nicolò Zaniolo (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Boubacar Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Leon Bailey.

Nélson Semedo (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nicolò Zaniolo (Aston Villa).

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